Yaya Sanogo is set to complete a permanent switch to French side Toulouse. The French player was among the players released this summer, and it now looks like his has found a club.
It is reported that the 24-year-old has agreed a deal with the French side which would see tie him down for three years.
Toulouse may appear to be taking a big risk but don’t be deceived over Sanogo’s situation at the moment. The striker to have played his way from the slums at Auxerre to the Emirates stadium shows he knows his onions: he was arrived the club on the back of a scintillating FIFA U-20 World Cup in which France were crowned champions for the first time.
His performances for Auxerre – despite being 17 at that time – were the main reason he earned his call-up to the first team, scoring his first profession goal against Toulouse.
Being chased by the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, the 6’ 3’’ striker chose to play for the Gunners. He appeared in the FA Cup final against Hull City as a substitute for Lukas Podolski, helping his side to turn the heat on a stubborn Hull side.
Series of loan moves in a bid to help prepare him for the Arsenal challenge was utterly futile, particularly the Ajax stint which left a dent on his confidence. The Ajax fans made a mockery of the striker, so much so that his stay was cut short and eventually loaned out to English side Charlton Athletic.
Now a free agent on the cusp of joining Toulouse, it would be a good thing if he manages to stay fit and also avoiding social media in which he only pales in comparison to a certain Frimpong.
Here’s wishing the lad a successful career at his new club.